Erikson selected by White House to participate in Early Learning STEM symposium
Erikson Institute is headed to the The White House. Jie-Qi Chen, Ph.D., senior vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of faculty, and founder of Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative; Jennifer McCray, Ph.D., assistant research scientist and director of the Early Math Collaborative; and Chip Donohue, Ph.D., dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and director of Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center were invited to participate in an Early Learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) symposium this Thursday, April 21 co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and InvestInUs.org.
Erikson leaders will take part in conversations about advancing STEM learning in early childhood and will share with participants how Erikson is impacting STEM education for young children, including by:
- Empowering and educating adults, including teachers, parents, and researchers, to support and foster STEM learning in meaningful and developmentally appropriate ways;
- Conducting research and developing policies, position statements, and frameworks that parents, educators, and researchers can use, integrate, and evaluate at home, in the classroom, and in other early childhood settings; and
- Curating the best research, resources, and tools in STEM subjects with our unique perspective on children from birth to age 8.
Along with the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Chicago, Erikson leads the Early Childhood STEM Working Group, a group of scholars, policymakers, curriculum developers, and educators from around the United States who share a common goal and vision of universal access to high-quality, developmentally appropriate STEM education for preschool children. The group, made possible through a grant from the Chicago Community Trust, will make a set of achievable recommendations to educational leaders and policy makers to promote research, practice, and advocacy that will lead to high-quality STEM experiences for all young children.